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Krebs pledges she’ll be fair as secretary of state

By Bob Mercer

Capitol correspondent

PIERRE — Shantel Krebs said Wednesday she hopes people in the coffee shops across South Dakota can stop talking about the office of secretary of state if she’s elected next year.

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“They shouldn’t know who the secretary of state is,” Krebs told a lunch gathering of members of the Cen-Kota Republican Women in Fort Pierre.

Shantel Krebs  Her goal is to return the office to the integrity and respect held under secretaries of state such as Alice Kundert, Joyce Hazeltine and Chris Nelson.

Her vision is a team approach built on quality staff and a renewed emphasis on customer service: “It gets things done. You don’t hear about it, but you know it’s working.”

Krebs, a state senator from Renner outside Sioux Falls, is seeking the Republican nomination. She is the only announced candidate looking to succeed the current office-holder, Jason Gant, a Republican.

After Krebs filed her official statement of organization for her campaign last month, Gant declared that he won’t run for election in 2014 to a second term.

Krebs, a self-described “fourth-generation farm girl” from Kingsbury County who waitressed her way in Arlington to a business degree at Dakota State University while also working on the farm, owned two stores in downtown Sioux Falls before becoming a retail business consultant. She and business partner Rick Knobe recently sold out of the buffalo ranch they ran together. Krebs, 40, is serving in her fifth term in the Legislature.

Her husband, Mitch Krebs, is press secretary for former Gov. Mike Rounds’ campaign for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate in 2014.